In a Conservatorship, a judge appoints a responsible person (Conservator) to care for another adult (Conservatee) who cannot care for him/herself or manage his/her own finances. A Conservatorship is often appropriate for someone who is incapacitated, frail, ill or developmentally disabled. Conservatorships are court-appointed; the Conservator is responsible to the court, assumes clearly defined jobs and responsibilities and must keep careful records and be accountable.
There Are Two Kinds of Conservatorships
- A General Conservatorship is needed when a person who once was independent and cared for himself/herself can no longer do so. It can be the result of a serious injury, Alzheimer’s Disease, or a serious medical or psychological problem.
- Limited Conservatorships are for those situations in which the Conservatee is developmentally disabled. The developmentally disabled often can live fairly independent lives and do many things on their own, so at the court hearing, the judge gives the Limited Conservator power to do those things the Conservatee cannot do without help, including managing finances, signing contracts, making decisions about education, training and marriage.